Sunday, January 27, 2019


I was able to go to Sacrament Meeting today.  What a blessing!  I left feeling renewed physically and spiritually.  How grateful I am for the commandment to meet together oft - cause sitting in a room with that many people is not something I would naturally seek.  But I was so blessed to be renewed today.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

This little light...

I have joined a new group on Facebook. It’s for local birders. They take these amazing photos of cardinals, house finches, bald eagles, local birds, and I love it! I love the color, the grace, the symmetry. There is so much beauty to admire.

Sitting here tonight, not wanting to go to sleep, fearing what the these dark hours will bring for Bella, I kept noticing this little light under her hospital bed illuminating the tube carrying the highly oxygenated and highly pressurized air to my baby girl. 

It’s not a female cardinal against a snowy background, but it’s a God send to my baby’s lungs as they attempt to recover from their lastest assault.  There is beauty everywhere if you look for it.

From my studies this week…

President J. Reuben Clark Jr. said: “I believe that our Heavenly Father wants to save every one of his children. . . . I believe that in his justice and mercy he will give us the maximum reward for our acts, give us all that he can give, and in the reverse, I believe that he will impose upon us the minimum penalty which it is possible for him to impose.”

(J. Reuben Clark Jr., in Conference Report, October 1953, 84.)

When I was a child I often had [a] toothache, and I knew that if I went to my mother she would give me something which would deaden the pain for that night and let me get to sleep. But I did not go to my mother—at least, not till the pain became very bad. . . . I did not doubt she would give me the aspirin; but I knew she would also do something else. I knew she would take me to the dentist next morning. I could not get what I wanted out of her without getting something more, which I did not want. I wanted immediate relief from pain: but I could not get it without [also going to the dentist].

Our Lord is like the dentist. . . . Dozens of people go to Him to be cured of some one particular sin which they are ashamed of . . . or which is obviously spoiling daily life. . . . Well, He will cure it all right: but He will not stop there. That may be all you asked; but if you once call Him in, He will give you the full treatment. . . . “Make no mistake,” He says, “if you let Me, I will make you perfect. The moment you put yourself in My hands, that is what you are in for. Nothing less, or other, than that. You have [free will], and if you choose, you can push Me away. But if you do not push Me away, understand that I am going to see this job through. . . . I will never rest, nor let you rest, until you are literally perfect—until my Father can say without reservation that He is well pleased with you, as He said He was well pleased with Me.”

And yet—this is the other and equally important side of it—this Helper who will, in the long run, be satisfied with nothing less than absolute perfection, will also be delighted with the first feeble, stumbling effort you make tomorrow to do the simplest duty. As a great Christian writer (George MacDonald) pointed out . . . “God is easy to please, but hard to satisfy.” . . . On the one hand, God’s demand for perfection need not discourage you in the least in your present attempts to be good, or even in your present failures. Each time you fall He will pick you up again. And He knows perfectly well that your own efforts are never going to bring you anywhere near perfection. On the other hand, you must realize from the outset that the goal toward which He is beginning to guide you is absolute perfection; and no power in the whole universe, except you yourself, can prevent Him from taking you to that goal.

(C.S. Lewis)

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Another Week

So this week was White Cane Day.  The boys came home with these cute canes they made from white pencils.


Another appt for Bella – this time Rheuhomology (however you spell that) – more selfies for the wait


The doctor ordered all kinds of blood tests.  She was so happy to wait before hand, but then the blood draw was terrible!! They try so hard, but four adults working on one little girl – it just makes my heart sad.  I promised her pizza for dinner, so off we went to Domino’s where they made it all right in front of her.  They were so sweet!



Fall has been so beautiful this year!  It literally causes me physical pain.  Jason thinks that is so weird, but I just see it and it’s so beautiful and I know it’s all just going to be gone soon.  So I take lots of pictures, but it never captures what I see.  Life lessons?  Just live it and love it, I guess!

Grandma and Grandpa Turpin are back from their trip to New York.  We sure missed them!  Especially Kai!  He just LOVES his Grandpa – Yaya!


Sammi’s beautiful banana pudding and some yummy cookies


Playing around


Cute Benny at therapy


Bella and Joy’s teacher is an artist – in addition to being a fabulous special ed teacher.  They are always painting and creating – I love it!!


Pizza Night!


Kai and Ellie both love chips!


Not pictured in this week:

My visit to Joy’s middle school for next year.  I called and asked for a tour.  It seems like such a wonderful school.  They cook something every week.  They go out into the community every week.  They go out to eat in the community every month.  In addition to working on their goals and academics.  I got to meet most of the teachers (there are four) and see the classrooms.  Ugh, double ugh, super ugh.  I LOVE the girls’ teacher so much.  But he tells me Joy cannot stay in his class for the next six years until she graduates.  (CRY!!)  He tells me she is ready for junior high, but I”M NOT!!!

The very next day was the girls IEP meetings.  Went well.  Two IEPs done in an hour and a half.  This team knows these girls as well as I do.  I love that they are with this team.  I am so grateful for their opportunities.  I just couldn’t ask for more!

And another session at the temple.  Grateful that it’s part of my routine now!

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Another Week

Fall foliage – breath taking!


Sweet Benny in the sink – all of my babies have sat in the sink.

I love family dinner on Sundays so much!  Jason sure loves his Benny!


Sammi just adores this boy so much!

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Outside play – loved watching Bella pushing Alex!




Joy the Zombie! (of course) Bella was Queen Elsa.  Alex was a fire fighter.  Kai was Logger Vic from Booni Bears (a Chinese cartoon).  Sammi dressed up in her Early American costume.  We had our traditional fire pit and sat out on the driveway.  The kids had a great time!


A sweet Activity Days girl planned a special activity just for Joy and Bella – it included all of their favorite things: pizza, fruit, dress up, and seeing themselves on screen.  So thoughtful and they had so much fun!


Lizzy and I headed out to Versailles KY to the All State Orchestra auditions.  Such a beautiful drive through horse country!  I loved it so much Jason and I drove out to Versailles again on Sunday morning so he could see how beautiful it is!

Versailles is such a cute little town!  Lizzy auditioned and then we stopped at a Cafe on Main St for lunch.  Seriously felt like we were in an episode of The Good Witch from the Hallmark Channel.


Sammi and I went to Christmas in the Woods at the Loomhouse.  Sammi loves looms and all things old fashioned!